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Welcome to Collier Youth Services

The mission of Collier Youth Services is to provide at-risk youth a chance to grow toward their potential in an environment that promotes belonging, dignity and hope.

The mission is based on a philosophy of deep respect for the inherent worth of each individual and the belief in the capacity for personal change that is consistent with the ministry of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.

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Shepherding Program: 91% Success Rate

In The Atlantic Magazine article, What Happened to American Childhood? by Kate Julian (May 2020), School Refusal is described as being the "equivalent of a four-alarm fire, both because it signals profound distress and because it can lead to so-called failure to launch—seen in the rising share of young adults who don’t work or attend school and who are dependent on their parents."

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Collier Inclusive Playground is Here!

Collier Youth Services, a nonprofit located in Wickatunk, NJ, officially opened the Collier Inclusive Playground on Monday, June 27th. This playground will provide hundreds of hours of fun as well as mental and developmental growth for campers at Kateri Day Camp as well as Students in Collier School, both programs of Collier.

To mark this joyous occasion, Collier hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for all the donors who helped make the playground a reality. Among the audience were members of the Colts Neck Woman’s Club, the Lions Club of Colts Neck, Assemblywoman Vicky Flynn, individual donors, and board members. After the ribbon was cut, campers flooded the playground running toward their favorite pieces of equipment—the twisty slide and the whirl and twirl were among the top.

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Learn about Collier School, an alternative school in Monmouth County for youth with behavioral and mental health challenges

Collier School Newsletter--learn about Collier School, an alternative school for kids with mental and behavioral health challenges such as but not limited to ADHD; anxiety; autism; depression; discouragement/low motivation; mood, attention, or adjustment difficulties; oppositional/defiant behavior; poor socialization sills/isolation; school phobia/avoidance.

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Collier by the Numbers

Learn more about the impact Collier is making on our youth!

Collier School

Collier School is a state-approved, private, non-profit Middle School and High School for students whose needs cannot be met within the public school.

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Collier Residential Program

Collier Residential Program addresses the immediate needs for safe housing and food security for adolescent girls and young women who have survived trauma, abuse, or neglect while providing in-depth counseling and life skills training with the goal of reuniting with their family or transitioning to independent living.

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Kateri Day Camp

Since 1977 Kateri Day Camp has provided over 8,000 economically disadvantaged Monmouth County youth with a safe, affordable, kid-friendly summer camp experience. 

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